Why do immigrants require quality ESL classes?

  1. ESL classes help all immigrants improve their English.

    As English is the main language of this society, it will be most beneficial to both themselves and society if immigrants have a level of English that gives them full access to society. Language learning for immigrants for whom English is not a first language is not the same as literacy learning for those for whom English is a first language. Immigrants require ESL
  2. ESL classes help immigrants to find work

    Every country has different practices related to finding work.. Different countries and language backgrounds have different styles of written applications and interviews have different functions. In ESL classes students can learn what will be required of them when they apply for jobs in Australia. Knowing the expectations of employers will ease the difficult task of finding employment.
  3. ESL classes help students cope with native speakers.

    Coping with native speakers is quite difficult. In ESL classes students have the opportunity to gain familiarity with native speaker speech and the strategies for coping with it. This will be crucial if immigrants are to integrate easily into society or the workplace. Both established and new residents will feel more comfortable and avoid misunderstandings and tension if there is good communication between them.
  4. ESL classes teach about the opportunities, rights and responsibilities of living in Australia.

    Each country has very specific laws, routines and customs. ESL classes fulfill a very important role in alerting immigrants to the specifics of Australian society in the role of the police, harassment laws and workplace practices. These concepts take much longer to become clear without guidance and instruction. ESL classes are a proactive measure to ensure that immigrants understand their rights and responsibilities.
  5. ESL classes provide an environment to teach about racial tolerance and multiculturalism.

    Some immigrants come from countries which are largely homogeneous, or where there is not much political tolerance of difference. For some immigrants the cultural diversity of Australia is surprising. ESL classes provide a forum where issues around tolerance and harmony can be faced and addressed.
  6. ESL classes provide immigrants with a chance to heal.

    Moving to a new country is not an easy thing under any circumstances. Immigrants may have come to Australia under particularly distressing circumstances and have very real human emotions with which to deal. In the safe environment of an ESL class, teachers and counsellors can assist in the healing process calling in outside bodies where necessary. This is beneficial for Australia as prob1ems identified early help people to settle, avoid social misconduct and contribute to the community.
  7. ESL classes contribute to the alleviation of poverty

    Excluding immigrants from ESL classes increases their vulnerability to unemployment and living in poverty. Not only are the adults at risk but so are their children. Poverty amongst immigrants will add to the strain on society already dealing with a significant proportion of its citizens in poverty. Providing English classes to increase the likelihood of immigrants gaining employment is a simple and cost effective solution to the problem.
  8. ESL classes contribute to the growth of the economy

    ESL classes will ultimately assist immigrants' ability to find work, to have an income to buy goods and services, to pay taxes and to live cohesively within the community. Without ESL classes this may not occur The benefit to the Government for funding ESL classes will far outweigh the costs.
  9. ESL classes contribute to the alleviation of unemployment

    With support for ESL classes, more teachers can be employed, the very teachers who have lost their jobs due to the freeze on refugee applications. This provides an opportunity for the Federal Government to contribute to the alleviation of unemployment.
  10. ESL classes demonstrate support for multiculturalism

    Support for immigrants, who also happen to be of cultural backgrounds other than Anglo-Celtic, offers the Federal Government the opportunity to show in action that it has completely divorced itself from One Nation-like policies.
  11. ESL classes demonstrate human rights in action

    Australia has grown as a nation since the White Australia Policy. It has understood, been signatory to and is proud of its promotion of Human Rights. It has legislated equal rights and anti-discrimination laws. Denying ESL classes to immigrants is denying them access to society. This is not consistent with Australia's stance on Human Rights. Providing ESL classes demonstrates that Australia values human rights.
  12. ESL classes demonstrate support for social cohesion

    The Australian government can take this opportunity to make a strong statement about equality of opportunity and social cohesion and to unite the community. It can provide a model of compassion, showing that providing for all people is valued, leading the way for other business groups in the community to contribute to society.
  13. ESL classes demonstrate leadership and management

    Leaving the states to meet the need for ESL classes risks unequal treatment between states and regions. Federal budgeting for ESL classes shows leadership in building social cohesion and good economic management.

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